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Urban Immersion/Civic Owlets is an annual summer program coordinated by the CCL that introduces incoming students (both pre-freshmen and transfers) to the principles of civic leadership, critical service, and to the City of Houston with the guiding mission of fostering the growth of informed and passionate advocates for social justice. The program is planned and executed by a team of undergraduate student leaders in collaboration with local community partners and under the guidance of CCL staff. 

The program is based on four core components: community-based learning, critical service, education, and reflection. Participants will engage in educational sessions that aim to introduce them to the communities that make up the city and provide context for that day's service or learning experience. In groups, participants will meet with local leaders and community organizations to gain a better understanding of the "big picture" - from community assets and root social issues to the forces and individuals driving positive change. Finally, evenings will be concluded with group reflections during which participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings with the group as a way of processing each's days events and moving from observation to action.

In keeping with the spirit of the program, participants and student coordinators will live together in the community. This is an off-campus experience and participants will have simple - but safe and secure - living conditions. All meals are prepared and enjoyed together as a group. The UI Cohort will remain together for the entirety of the program to ensure both safety and team building.

Dates Held : July
Questions? Contact Morgan Kinney,  


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Center for Civic Leadership
Rice Memorial Center, Room 208
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885


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